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UMKC Dance Division

Spring Concert 2018 - PAC White Hall

There Were Four Concert Performances:

1 - Thursday April 26 - 7:30 pm
2 - Friday April 27 - 7:30 pm
3 - Saturday April 28 - 2:30 pm - Free, Informal
4 - Saturday April 28 - 7:30 pm

The prices for all evening concerts were:
$12 general public, $5 UMKC faculty, staff, students (with ID)
(TIP: get prices at the Folly Box Office, they are higher at PAC)
The Saturday afternoon concert free

Pictures from Tech and Dress Rehearsals in Program Order

1 - Shostakovich Jazz Suite, Choreography by Ronald Tice
Lighting Design by Glenn Linder

Shotakovich Jazz Suite
Shotakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice

Shotakovich Jazz Suite
Shotakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice

Shostakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice
Notes about stage equipment. The ridge in the Marley is where the Marley folds over the new 2-inch thick dance flooring for the stage. Makes a huge difference.

Shostakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice
Shostakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice - dress #2 Thursday

Shostakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice
Shostakovich Jazz Suite by Ronald Tice - tech #1 Tuesday

 

2 - Parallel Lives choreography by Gary Abbott
Lighting by Glenn Linder

Parallel Lives
Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott

Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott
Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott

Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott
Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott

Parallel Lives - fitting costumes
Fitting costumes, in the PAC lobby outside White Recital Hall, for Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott

Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott
Parallel Lives by Gary Abbott

 

 

 

3 - Allegro Assai, choreography by Paula Weber
Lighting by Glenn Linder

Allegro Assai
Allegro Assai by Paula Weber

Allegro Assai
Allegro Assai by Paula Weber

Allego Assai
Allegro Assai by Paula Weber

 

 

 

4 - Body Love II, choreography by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Lighting by Victor Tan

Sabrina Madison-Cannon gives notes to her dancers
Special note: Sabrina is leaving us to become Dean of the School of Music and Dance in Eugene,Oregon.
Here she is giving notes to her dancers during dress #1 on Wednesday.

Nia Towe in Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Nia Towe in Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Body Love II by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

 

Intermission

 

5 - Unto Love,choreography by David Justin
Lighing by Shane Rowse

Unto Love by David Justin
Unto Love by David Justin in dress #2 on Thursday
Colin Frederick and Helen Szymborski - piano: Evangelos Spano - cello: Esther Seitz

Unto Love by David Justin
Unto Love by David Justin in dress #2 on Thursday
Colin Frederick and Helen Szymborski - piano: Evangelos Spano - cello: Esther Seitz

Unto Love by David Justin
Unto Love by David Justin in dress #2 on Thursday
David Justin (right) directing Colin Frederick and Helen Szymborski during Tech #1 on Tuesday.

 

6 - Prometheus Bound, choreography by DeeAnna Hiett

Note: This will be performed in Athens Greece in July 4-8, 2018 at the 51st World Congress on Dance Research for the International Dance Council as part of the "Prometheus in Athens Project."

Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
The end of Prometheus in Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett

Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett

Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
Trey Johnson in Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett (same moment as in the studio shot, see below)

Promotheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
Promotheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett

Promotheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
Promotheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett

 

 

Pictures from studio rehearsals

 

Prometheus
Nia Towe in Prometheus by DeeAnna Hiett

Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett
Trey Johnson in Prometheus Bound by DeeAnna Hiett (see same moment in dress above)

Allegro Assai
Allegro Assai by Paula Weber

Shostakovitch
Shostakovitch Jazz Suite

Shostakovitch Jazz SuiteLife along the barre in rehearsal
Life along the barre in rehearsal for Shostakovitch Jazz

 

Conservatory Artist Series

Spring Dance Concert

UMKC Dance Division

Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m. (free and informal)
James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
White Recital Hall

PROGRAM

 

Shostakovich Jazz Suite

Choreography byRonald Tice
MusicSuite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 (1938)
Composed byDimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Lighting design byGlenn Linder
Costume design and constructionPaula Weber
Dancers Tessa Duncan, Viktoria Hay, Sophia Henning, Morgan Henning, Laura Karenevich, Erica Lohman, Molly Kasparek, Torri Knox, Montana Michaels, Liat Roth, Alexandra Smith, Lieanna Sherry, Helena Szymbowski, Ava Wichser
 

Parallel Lives

Choreography byGary Abbott
MusicParallels (Based on La Folia)
Composed byEvangelos Spanos (b. 1980)
Lighting design byGlenn Linder
Costume design and construction byRicky Davis
—world premiere—commissioned by and for Gary Abbott
With love and respect, I dedicate this dance to Donald McKayle, whose legacy of brilliance inspires all of my creative work. Thank you, Mr. McKayle.
Dancers Brigitte Benyei, Alexandria Brant, Kristen Finck, Kaitlyn Gardner, Maria Hall, Katiejohnson, Phoebe Lind, Tianna Morton, Danielle Palamino, Alexandra Smith (Thursday and Friday evenings)

Courtney Benner, Breanna Dorsey, Makenna Dowling, Taylor Edwards, Allison Harsh, Christine Kraus, Ayana Roberson,Josephine Schneider Jennifer Schol, Nia Towe (Saturday evening and matinee)
 

Allegro Assai

Choreography byPaula Weber
MusicSymphony No.33 in B-flat Major, K. 319, l. Allegro Assai
Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Lighting design byGlenn Linder
Costume design and construction byPaula Weber
Dancers Brigitte Benyei, Alexandria Brant, Kristen Finck, Maria Hall, Sophie Henning, Kathryn Johnson, Madeline Koesters, Christine Kraus,Jennifer Scholl, Ava Wichser (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings)

Tessa Duncan, Laura Karanevich, Molly Kasparek, Victoria Knox, Emma Lane, Erica Lohman, Montanna Michels, Liat Roth, Lieana Sherry, Helena Szymborski (Saturday matinee)
 

Body Love II

Choreography bySabrina Madison-Cannon
MusicBody Love by Mary Lambert; Andare by Ludovico Einaudi
Lighting design byVictor Tan
Costume design bySabrina Madison-Cannon
Dancers Nia Towe with
Alex Brandt, Kaitlyn Gardner, Maria Hall, Allison Harsh, Christine Kraus, Danielle Palamino,Jennifer Scholl, Hannah Wilczewski (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings)

Nia Towe with
Maria Hall, Gillian Wheaton, Azia Gambrell,Jade Flanders, Ava Wichser, Lieana Sherry, Courtney Benner, Emily Moreland (Saturday matinee)
 
INTERMISSION
 

Unto Love

Choreography byDavid Justin
MusicSonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, Lento
Composed byBohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
Lighting design byShane Rowse
Costume design byDavid Justin
MusiciansEsther Seitz, cello and Evangelos Spanos, piano
Dancers Helena Szymborski and Colin Frederick (Thursday evening and Saturday matinee)
Alexandria Brant and Cameron Miller (Friday and Saturday evenings)
NoteThis performance with live music is made possible through collaboration with Associate Professor of Cello, Michael Mermagen.
 

Prometheus Bound

Choreography byDeeAnna Hiett
Assistant to choreographerBreanna Dorsey
MusicThe Rhyme of Taigu
Composed byZhou Long (b. 1953)
Lighting design byGlenn Linder
Costume design byTrey Johnson and DeeAnna Hiett
Dancers Katherine Johnson, Courtney Benner, Trey Johnson
with
Makenna Dowling, Taylor Edwards, Kaitlyn Gardner, Allison Harsh, Phoebe Lind, Tianna Morton, Danielle Palomino, Ayana Roberson, Hannah Wilczewski, Nia Towe, Sophie Henning, Beret Elker, Erica Lohman, Helena Szymborski, Ava Wichser, Morgan Henning
NotePrometheus Bound will be performed at the 51st World Congress on Dance Research for the International Dance Council as part of the "Prometheus in Athens Project" in Athens, Greece july 4-8, 2018.
 

Concerto Barocco

Choreography byGeorge Balanchine
MusicConcerto in D Minor for Two Violins, B.W.V. 1043
Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
RepetiteurNilas Martins
Ballet MastersPaula Weber and David Justin
Lighting design byGlenn Linder
Associate Lighting DesignerBryce Foster
Costumes byEugene Berman (1951)
Costume construction bythe cast
Dancers 1st violin - - Brigitte Benyei
2nd violin - - Sophie Henning
Pas de Deux - - Brigitte Benyei and Trey Johnson
with
Tori Knox, Emma Lane, Montanna Michels, Liat Roth, Jennifer Scholl, Lieana Sherry, Alexandra Smith, Helena Szymborski (Thursday evening and Saturday matinee)
1st violin - - Alexandria Brant
2nd violin - - Katherinejohnson
Pas de Deux - - Alexandria Brant and Cameron Miller
with
Tessa Duncan, Kristen Finck, Allison Harsh, Laura Karanevich, Madeline Koesters, Christine Kraus, Erica Lohman, Ava Wichser (Friday and Saturday evenings)
Additional dancers studying this work 1st violin - Ava Wichser
2nd violin - Allison Harsh
Pas de Deux - Ava Wichser and Colin Frederick
with
Laura Behm, Beret Elker, Victoria Hay, Morgan Henning, Alijans, Molly Kasparek, Emily Rackers, Josephine Schneider,
Understudy: Jade Flanders
Choreography byGeorge Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust by arrangement with the American rights holder, New York City Ballet.
UMKC CONSERVATORY DANCE DIVISION
STAGE CREW Stage Manager - Bethany Gradwohl
Assistant Stage Managers - Virginia Smith, Emily Moreland
Sound - Hannah Ostander, Gillian Wheaton
Curtain - Kennedy Barnes
Crew - Jade Flanders, Laura Behm, Emily Rackers, Tori Knox, Alijans
PROFESSORS Paula Weber, Professor, Chair of the UMKC Dance Division
Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Assoc. Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Gary Abbott, Assistant Professor, Senior Dance Capstone Performances faculty advisor
DeeAnna Hiett, Associate Professor
David Justin, Associate Professor
Ronald Tice, Associate Professor, Spring Dance Concert Director
ADJUNCT PROFESSORS Kristopher Estes-Brown
Christina Burton
Tobin James
Skyler Linn
Christina Neil
Suzanne Ryanstrati
LIGHTING DESIGN PROFESSOR Victor Tan
ACCOMPANISTS John Currey
Evangelos Spanos
Jordan Voth
Xiangyu Zhao
Special Note: Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Assoc. Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs is leaving UMKC after this semester to take a new job as Dean of the School of Music and Dance, University of Oregon-Eugene.

 

A Few More Pictures

Set Strike - rolling Marley
Set Strike - rolling up the Marley. The wood surface on the right, under the Marley, is the new 2-inch flexible dance surface.

Dance Flooring
After years and years of dancing on wood over concrete (the old surface to the right side) the conservatory bought
these 2-inch thick dance flooring panels, showing the edge on the left.

pictures in the lobby
Talking family pictures after Saturday night's performance.

bake sale table
Staffing the dancer's bake sale table in the lobby.

Tech #2
At Tech #2 on Tuesday

Madeline Koesters and Nia Towe - in PAC lobby after Saturday night's performance
Madeline Koesters and Nia Towe - in PAC lobby after Saturday night's performance